GWB selects water project in Zambia

Toward the end of 2021, the GWB Committee selected four new projects for funding. One of the selected projects is in Zambia.

Southern Province is one of Zambia’s most water-scarce regions due to a short and erratic rain season with relatively low precipitation (757mm annually) as well as high evaporative losses over the dry season (Baumle et al., 2007). The province is primarily underlain by a crystalline basement complex that is frequently poorly weathered. In this setting, the principal source of clean water resources are aquifers associated with faults, broad fracture zones, and dikes. These groundwater resources are especially important in the context of climate change adaptation since handpump equipped boreholes can offer communities a drought-resilient source of clean water.